Can I and should I do this and what do I check first?
I asked about this bathroom a year or so ago and got some pointers. Now I have lived with it a bit and have a better idea of what I'd like to do, but I'm not sure just how feasible it is.
And I am wondering how to know if the bathroom is salvageable before I spend money on it. How do you know a bathroom is just plain sound enough to update? Especially, how do you know tile is properly installed and not seeping and rotting the walls and floor? I like the tub, I like the sink, the tile, the toilet. They are all coordinated so if one goes they almost all have to go.
I would like to remove the soffit(?) dropped ceiling over the tub. Unless there is a body stashed in there, it serves no purpose that I can think of. One story house, all mechanicals are in the walls or crawl space. Any reason I can't do this?
The tile over the tub doesn't go up as high as it should for a shower. Can tile be installed properly above existing tile without mangling it? (Coming up with something to go with the existing pattern is another issue.) Is there something else that can be applied to water proof the walls and ceiling? Laminate? Corian? Something solid might fight less with the tile scheme.
Any reason I can't replace this window with an exterior door (aside from towel hanging issues)? Would the HVAC register in the floor be a problem? I can't get new tile...
What should I be looking at to know if I need to gut and start over? Thanks!